Monday, July 28, 2008

Beatrix Potter's Birthday

"Believe there is a great power silently working all things for good, behave yourself and never mind the rest..."

Today is Miss Potter's birthday. Of course, she's no longer with us... but it's still her birthday! Her delightful tiny talking animal tales remain one of the most creative, lovely, beautifully illustrated works of children's literature that exist today (just take a peek at the adorable Potter-inspired nursery mural above.)
Besides being an author, Beatrix was fascinated with science (woohoo!) and spent a great deal of time studying botany, geology, paleontology, entomology (bugs are cool!) and even mycology (the study of fungus. Yes, fungus!) She was a conservationist, gardener, animal lover, and a bit of a weirdo (besides her interest in fungus, she also wrote her personal journals in secret code for 15 years!)

Visit the World of Beatrix Potter website for extensive biography information, wonderful teacher-child resources, character merchandise, and an onslaught of whimsical watercolors, sketches, and curiosities. And chomp on something vegetabley today in her honor :)

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